This seven-day itinerary includes the highlights of Jordan and Egypt in a single, action-packed adventure. Visit Petra, the Dead Sea, and Wadi Rum, before hopping on a flight to Cairo to see the pyramids and finally finishing off your trip with a visit to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

Highlights

  • Discover Cairo and the pyramids
  • Explore the Valley of the Kings
  • Visit Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Camp in Wadi Rum with Bedouins
  • Float on the surface of the Dead Sea

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Visit the Dead Sea Petra
Day 2 Petra and Wadi Rum Wadi Rum
Day 3 From Wadi Rum to Cairo Cairo
Day 4 Cairo Sightseeing Cairo
Day 5 Pyramids Tour Cairo
Day 6 Fly to Luxor and Tour the Banks of the Nile Luxor
Day 7 Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Visit the Dead Sea

Floating on the Dead Sea

When you land at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in the morning, a driver will pick you up and take you straight to the lowest point on earth: the Dead Sea. There you'll float in the sea's salty waters, get a full-body mud treatment, or relax by the pool—depending on the time of year the water can get quite chilly, but many people still enjoy going in for a quick dip. 

In the late afternoon, your driver will escort you to Petra to spend the night. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, you can take in the special sight of Petra by Night. 

Day 2: Petra and Wadi Rum

The Treasury
The facade of Ad Deir in Petra

Today you have a full day to visit Petra, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

You'll walk through the narrow Siq and admire the carvings and temples around you. Then, visit the Treasury at the end of the canyon, before you see the rest of the enormous city open up before you. Climb up to the High Place of Sacrifice, visit the Royal Tombs, explore the Roman Theater, and walk down the Colonnaded Street. You'll also have the option to take a guided tour of Petra (two to three hours). 

In the late afternoon, your driver will pick you up again and take you south to the desert of Wadi Rum, where you will spend the night in a Bedouin camp and enjoy a traditional dinner. 

Day 3: From Wadi Rum to Cairo

Spend the morning in Wadi Rum

After breakfast, you'll go on a Jeep safari to explore the beauty of the desert, where you'll visit the Nabatean Inscriptions, canyons, countless sand dunes, and even Lawrence of Arabia's House. Then, it's time to head back north to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Once you land, a driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel, where you'll have the evening to relax. 

Day 4: Cairo Sightseeing

The rooftops of Cairo

Today, a local guide will take you on a tour of Cairo. You'll start off at the Egyptian Museum, where the treasures of young King Tutankhamen await. Then you'll visit Mohamed Ali Mosque and continue on to Old Cairo to visit the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Finally, you'll drive to Islamic Cairo, where you will be able to explore Khan El Khalili—Cairo’s oldest bazaar—before returning to your hotel for the night. 

Day 5: Pyramids Tour

The great pyramids of Egypt

After breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, you'll meet your guide for the day, who will accompany you to the Giza Plateau to visit the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus, as well as the famous Sphinx, and the Valley Temple facing the statue. You can also visit the Solar Boat in front of Cheops Pyramid before grabbing lunch at a local restaurant.

Then, you'll head to Sakkara to visit the Sakkara Complex and see Djoser, the oldest pyramid in Egypt. Finally, you'll visit Memphis, the old kingdom's capital, and its famous Necropolis, before returning to Cairo for the night. 

Day 6: Fly to Luxor and Tour the Banks of the Nile

Temple Medinet Habu on the west bank

Early the next morning, check out of your hotel and head to Cairo International Airport (CAI) for your flight to Luxor. When you land, a guide will meet you to take you to Luxor's west bank, where you will visit the Valley of the Kings and see its awe-inspiring, ancient architecture. Many, many Egyptian pharaohs have tombs here, including King Tutmosis I, Tutmosis III, Tut-Ankh-Amon, King Ramssess VI, King Mrenptah and Amenhotep II. 

Then, you'll visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which was built by Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmosis I, who ruled Egypt for about 20 years during the 18th Dynasty (approximately 1490-1469 B.C). You will see the Colossi of Memnon, the last remains of Amenhotep III's mortuary temple. 

Next, drive to Luxor's east bank and stop for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Karnak Temple Complex, which is dedicated to the God Amon, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Finally, end your tour at the Temple of Luxor, which was first built by Amenhotep III during the 18th Dynasty, and completed by Ramesses II in the 19th Dynasty. 

Day 7: Departure

Inside a tomb in the Valley of the Kings

In the morning, you'll fly back to Cairo and catch to your flight home from there. Depending on your departure time, you may have time to do some last-minute sightseeing in Luxor before you leave. 

Map

Map of Best of Jordan & Egypt: Petra, Wadi Rum, Cairo, & Luxor - 7 Days
Map of Best of Jordan & Egypt: Petra, Wadi Rum, Cairo, & Luxor - 7 Days